Aging has a dark underside that sometimes means that our physical and mental vitality leaves us and we wilt in our twilight years. But this does not need to be. On the bright side, we know that we can preserve our bodies and our minds, and enhance our vitality. This article focuses on the art of aging and what measures we can take to get the fulfillment out of life that we desire.
You may think grabbing an afternoon cup of tea is only for old folk, but it actually works to help keep you young. Tea is incredibly rich in those, oh so useful, antioxidants which help protect our cells from aging. The practice of having a cup of tea is also a great stress reliever, so go ahead and sip away.
Use olive oil and remember fat does not equal bad. Oils have gotten a bad rap in the past few decades but oils are essential to our health. The trick is to stay away from “fake” fats like trans fats. The use of olive oil has many heart healthy benefits so don’t shy away from using it. Try making your own salad vinaigrette’s of olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
Physical activity is necessary to keeping your body feeling young even as you age. Find an exercise routine that works for you. Challenge yourself with strength training, jogging, even water exercise. It’s good for aging joints! Exercising can help you feel as young as you want to be!
Laugh often and live long. Laughter is very good for you. It keeps your spirits high and keeps the blood flowing. It will increase positive hormones in your body that will help to eliminate some of the toxins in your blood stream. Laugh until you have to gasp for breath.
Don’t get swallowed up by guilt. Guilt is a big enemy to healthy aging. As humans live longer lives, there is more and more to look back on and regret. But the exact opposite is true, too. There are more and more things for you to reminisce about in a positive way, as well. Don’t mull negatively over the past, as it can only hurt your health for the future.
If you want a tasty way to reduce the risk of osteoporosis, try adding soy to your diet. Soy contains calcium and plant estrogens which help prevent the loss of bone density. You can use soy flour in your favorite recipes, snack on soy nuts, or use soy milk and cheeses.
When the years are beginning to creep up on you, look at them with joy and not sadness, and spread your wisdom to those around you. You will get a good sense of satisfaction knowing that you have spread this joy to others. It is a great gift, and one that does not have to cost a penny.
Growing old is old fashioned. Our increased health spans mean that we are younger than we think. Aging with grace is an art and takes effort to see the beauty in it at times. So, go out and live life to the fullest because you are not as old as you think.